Yorkshire Cancer Research is aiming to improve the way cancer patients report their symptoms and experiences by trialling an innovative electronic programme in Yorkshire.
Researchers led by Professor Galina Velikova, of the School of Medicine at the University of Leeds, will invite patients with stage 3 or 4 ovarian cancer to take part in the £500,000 trial.
These patients usually enter remission after treatment with chemotherapy and surgery, but relapses are common and treatable so they are frequently monitored.
The patients will be able to record their symptoms remotely and conveniently via a web-based system, reducing the frequency of appointments.
Professor Velikova and her team also plan to test the system with patients who take part in the early phase clinical trials of new drugs.
Professor Velikova said: “By monitoring the experience of patients during treatment and remission, we can improve patient safety and quality of life through early detection and the timely management of symptoms.”
Notes to Editors – Yorkshire Cancer Research
- Harrogate-based Yorkshire Cancer Research is the UK’s largest regional medical research charity (registered charity no. 516898)
- We are committed to reducing the devastating impact of cancer on the lives of people living in Yorkshire.
- Our mission is to work in partnership, fund research and support initiatives that will help people in Yorkshire avoid, survive and cope with cancer.
- Current statistics show that 527 people are diagnosed with cancer in Yorkshire every week. Incidence and mortality rates are higher than the England average due to social deprivation, post-industrialisation and lifestyle choices but also availability of healthcare services and difficulties accessing early diagnostics, clinical trials and the latest treatments.
- We aim to:
- Be the leading authority on cancer in Yorkshire, understanding the problems and priorities in the region and sharing knowledge with partners.
- Raise awareness of cancer and how to prevent it by working in local communities, schools and colleges, sports clubs and with other health-related organisations.
- Promote screening programmes and fund research that can improve the diagnosis of cancer so we can detect and treat it at the earliest opportunity.
- Invest in innovative research projects at every stage of a cancer patient’s journey.
- Campaign for fair and equal access to the very best healthcare services and a greater share of the money spent nationally on research.
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- Nikki Brady, Senior PR Officer – Yorkshire Cancer Research
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- Last updated: 04/01/2016
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